A referendum petition to stay the vacation of two undeveloped streets on Findlay’s east side must be filed by 5 p.m. today with the Findlay city auditor’s office.

The street vacations go into effect today.

Findlay City Council voted Aug. 7 to vacate the right of way for Carrol Street and Benton Street, which were never developed. The right of way for the streets connects to Hawthorne Road, north of East Sandusky Street.

Under Ohio law, a referendum petition must be filed within 30 days of Mayor Lydia Mihalik’s signing of the legislation, which would be today.

The referendum petition is being circulated by Matthias Leguire of 830 E. Sandusky St. Leguire has said he uses the right of way of the streets to access the rear of his five-acre property. He says the right of way also provides an escape route from his property during floods, and gives him development options.

Leguire needs 900 valid signatures on the referendum petition to get the issue on the ballot.

It would then be up to the Hancock County Board of Elections to certify the referendum for the ballot and put the issue to a citywide vote, most likely in November 2019.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Matthias Leguire does contract photography work for The Courier.